What are the consequences of a domestic violence conviction?

The majority of crimes related to a domestic violence conviction are either misdemeanors or felonies. If you have been convicted of domestic violence, you face the possibility of fines, probation and a prison sentence, depending on the seriousness of the charges. For example, disorderly conduct is one of the least severe domestic violence offenses. It carries a fine of up to $250 and a maximum jail sentence of 15 days.

If the domestic violence conviction arises from a sex offense, you will be required to register as a sex offender. Domestic violence convictions go on a person’s permanent record and can affect one’s future in many ways, such as in the areas of employment prospects and child custody.

Individuals who are arrested and charged with a domestic violence offense are also likely to have an order of protection issued against them. An order of protection is designed to keep the domestic violence victim safe from harm. The judge can grant different types of restrictions. For example, the order may require an individual to refrain from communicating with the victim via telephone or online.

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